July 8th, 2014
08:20 AM ET
3 months ago

Obama invites Perry to meeting on border crisis

Washington (CNN) - The political sparring over the border crisis intensified Tuesday as the White House released a letter accepting Texas Gov. Rick Perry's invitation to President Barack Obama for a meeting on the issue during his trip to Texas Wednesday.

The letter from White House Senior Adviser Valerie Jarrett was in response to Perry's letter to the President, released Monday evening, that turned down an offer to greet Obama on the tarmac when he arrives in Austin, with the suggestion of a more “substantive meeting to discuss this critical issue.”

Obama "asked me to invite you to join him for a meeting to discuss the situation on the border with faith leaders and local elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday,” Jarrett wrote in the letter.

According to a senior administration official, White House officials were in touch with aides to the Texas Governor late Monday in an effort to set up the meeting between the two leaders.

A few hours later the governor's office put out a statement saying that "Gov. Perry is pleased that President Obama has accepted his invitation to discuss the humanitarian and national security crises along our southern border, and he looks forward to meeting with the president tomorrow."

The same official said Obama had previously scheduled his own meeting with faith leaders and local elected officials in Dallas on Wednesday to discuss their plans to convert local schools into temporary housing facilities for some of the unaccompanied minors and other undocumented immigrants who have arrived at the U.S. southwestern border in recent months.

In Jarrett's letter, she also asked Perry for his help in convincing Republicans in Congress to approve the President's request for more than $2 billion in federal funds to add new border patrol agents and immigration judges in the Southwestern region, as well as expanded facilities to hold detained migrants. The president has also asked for expanded legal authority for the Department of Homeland Security to expedite the process of returning the children to their countries of origin.

“As you know, the administration continues to address this urgent humanitarian situation with a whole-of-government response on both sides of the border," Jarrett wrote in the letter. "This includes appropriate care for unaccompanied children, as well as aggressive steps to surge resources to the Southwest border to deter both adults and children from embarking on this dangerous journey, increasing capacity for enforcement and removal proceedings, and quick return of recent unlawful border crossers to their home countries after appropriate humanitarian screenings," she added.

Perry and other top Republican leaders have blasted the President's decision to forgo a trip to the border to eyeball the crisis firsthand.

Jarrett noted in her letter that several top administration officials have visited the region and will continue to do so in the coming weeks.

“DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson has traveled to the border on five occasions over the last several weeks; a sixth visit to the region is planned for Friday.”

Even though the President will not stop at the border this week, a senior administration official did not rule out such a visit in the future.

Jarrett also touted the administration’s efforts to work with officials in Guatemala, El Salvador, and Honduras, where a stead flow of migrants heading north has overwhelmed facilities along the U.S. border.

“We are also working closely with out Mexican and Central American partners to address the root causes of this problem, stem the flow of migrants to the Unites States, and expand capacity to receive and reintegrate repatriated migrants.”

Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry have visited Central America in recent weeks to discourage potential migrants from making the dangerous trip.

At the end of her letter, Jarrett blamed Congressional inaction on comprehensive immigration reform for the current border crisis.

"The humanitarian situation at the border is but the latest example of the great cost of Congressional inaction," she wrote.

 


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  1. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-So enlighten us to what you would do about chaos at the border? Do you have a solution?
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    The chaos at our southern border is a symptom of the larger problem. Don't assume that this is a new problem, either. This refugee crisis has been going on for the past several years due to the escalating violence. The U.S. just happens to be the latest destination on the list. They have also been fleeing to the south, too, flooding neighboring countries with humanity.

    We probably need to modify the law in some way that commits us to sheltering the unaccompanied minors for a period of time. We need more people on the ground, courts to conduct hearings, and means to shelter and transport these people around. All of this requires funding, which Republicans have failed to provide.

    Republicans have said that they do not want a big immigration overhaul The claim that they would prefer a piece mean approach to the problem. They have been saying that for years and years, and have yet to produce on piece. So, what is the critical move to resolve the issue? Vote the Tea Party Caucus Republicans out of Congress. That's what I would do, vote them all out.

    July 8, 2014 12:37 pm at 12:37 pm |
  2. smith

    @Tom P-I just put out a solution to the border problem, one that would work. Im not in favor of passing feel good bills that don`t even deal with the problem(like the gun control bills that are being proposed).

    July 8, 2014 12:40 pm at 12:40 pm |
  3. tom l

    "Sniffit

    "Obama never listens to anyone."

    Teatroll Rosetta Stone says: "Upjumped, uppity and won't do as he's told."

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    Fascinating. So when they said this about Bush and that he never admitted to his faults what did Rosetta Stone say then? Your all consuming fascination with race, once again, demonstrates that all you think about is race. It must be depressing..."
    ===

    Uh oh...the baby woke up. Someone else wanna rock him? It's not my turn.
    ====

    It's ok. I would dodge and deflect (maybe you should call me a bigot, too) if I didn't have an answer. You could also go the ol yeller way and threaten me with violence. OR you could go the Real TP way and tell me that I think I'm better than everyone while making comments that sound like he thinks he's better and more moral than those of us that don't subscribe to the liberal agenda in all ways, shapes and forms.

    And you can check page 2 of the comments and perhaps lower yourself and answer my comment rather than throwing out insults (another thing the gang keeps telling me not to do). And while you're at it, why don't you give a solution rather than point blame. WWSD (What Would Sniffit Do)? I have given you what I would do, it's your turn.

    July 8, 2014 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
  4. Chip

    Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-So enlighten us to what you would do about chaos at the border? Do you have a solution?
    ------------–
    The chaos at our southern border is a symptom of the larger problem. Don't assume that this is a new problem, either. This refugee crisis has been going on for the past several years due to the escalating violence. The U.S. just happens to be the latest destination on the list. They have also been fleeing to the south, too, flooding neighboring countries with humanity.

    We probably need to modify the law in some way that commits us to sheltering the unaccompanied minors for a period of time. We need more people on the ground, courts to conduct hearings, and means to shelter and transport these people around. All of this requires funding, which Republicans have failed to provide.

    Republicans have said that they do not want a big immigration overhaul The claim that they would prefer a piece mean approach to the problem. They have been saying that for years and years, and have yet to produce on piece. So, what is the critical move to resolve the issue? Vote the Tea Party Caucus Republicans out of Congress. That's what I would do, vote them all out.
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    You expect us to spend money on this?? You are out of your mind. That is for charity organizations that will at least do what it best for the children regardless of ideology. Reagan got duped on immigration. Bush started a fence that was never finished. Obama had the chance to two years to do something but was hacking at golf balls. Illegal immigration is generational. This has been going on forever and if you expect the federal government with all their warts to come to a sensible solution you are dreaming. NYC by the way – can you be any farther away. You probably have never ever seen the border much less met an illegal.

    July 8, 2014 12:53 pm at 12:53 pm |
  5. Tone

    Ben Dover
    For pete sakes just meet inside Air Force One and get a discussion going!!

    He is not bright enough to have a discussion anywhere much less Airforce one

    July 8, 2014 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm |
  6. tom l

    Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Rudy-So enlighten us to what you would do about chaos at the border? Do you have a solution?
    ------------–
    The chaos at our southern border is a symptom of the larger problem. Don't assume that this is a new problem, either. This refugee crisis has been going on for the past several years due to the escalating violence. The U.S. just happens to be the latest destination on the list. They have also been fleeing to the south, too, flooding neighboring countries with humanity.

    We probably need to modify the law in some way that commits us to sheltering the unaccompanied minors for a period of time. We need more people on the ground, courts to conduct hearings, and means to shelter and transport these people around. All of this requires funding, which Republicans have failed to provide.

    Republicans have said that they do not want a big immigration overhaul The claim that they would prefer a piece mean approach to the problem. They have been saying that for years and years, and have yet to produce on piece. So, what is the critical move to resolve the issue? Vote the Tea Party Caucus Republicans out of Congress. That's what I would do, vote them all out.
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    So, in other words, we need to do exactly what dems want to do. No compromise. You know what the "critical move to resolve the issue would be" to many, many fellow Americans? Build a fence and secure the border so that there are no new people coming across. We lived that in the 80's where we gave amnesty with assurance of a fence being built. What happened to the fence and security? The dems reneged on their promise to Reagan. So here we are again. Fool me once....

    So how about we compromise and demonstrate that you mean what you say and stop the flow? Make all of those here legal and make them register with the US govt. We can figure out the other things once those two "critical moves" are made. Sounds like a compromise to me and actually leaning towards more of what you want so why would you say no to that? Ohhhhhhhhhhhhh, I know why (because it's not about helping them or making them legal, it's getting their votes!!! – which most couldn't care less about; most just want to be legal here).

    July 8, 2014 12:56 pm at 12:56 pm |
  7. tom l

    smith,
    isn't it funny how you, Yolanda and I have been branded as right wingers? Have you ever been labeled that before?

    July 8, 2014 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  8. Step Up to the Plate

    sonny chapman
    "I was a stranger & you did/did not welcome me". Jesus Christ, Matthew 25,35.
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    Then by all means open up your house and your wallet to 3-4 of these country invaders. And all of the Democrats that helped cause this can also open their doors and their wallets to pay for this nightmare. All of these country invaders should be bussed to large metroploitan Deomcrat cities and dumped there. You know, all of those sanctuary cities that don't want our immigration laws enforced.

    You reap what you sow!

    July 8, 2014 01:00 pm at 1:00 pm |
  9. uhhuh

    Bob
    Wow. Obama didn't invite Perry. Perry invited Obama. Keep up the lies CNN!!! You are going....DOWN!
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    Wow, spin away. Perry declined an INVITATION for quick meeting in Austin.. He indicated that he was looking for a more substantive meeting "anytime during the President's visit to Texas". A letter was then sent to Perry, INVITING him to a meeting in Dallas, which Perry's office has not responded to as of yet.

    July 8, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  10. Rudy NYC

    smith

    @Tom P-I just put out a solution to the border problem, one that would work. Im not in favor of passing feel good bills that don`t even deal with the problem(like the gun control bills that are being proposed).
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    Your "solution" completely ignored the people, and the here and now. Yeah. Let's build a wall and send in the troops. Great solution. One sentence. What is the problem as you see it?

    Why have you brought guns into the conversation? Okay. Did you know that there is no federal law against gun trafficking between states? As far as the federal government is concerned, gun trafficking is legal. It's become one of those "states rights" issues.

    July 8, 2014 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  11. Malory Archer

    Rudy NYC

    The chaos at our southern border is a symptom of the larger problem. Don't assume that this is a new problem, either. This refugee crisis has been going on for the past several years due to the escalating violence.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    It goes back even further than that – all the way back to the 50s when the United States began installing and propping up fascist dictators, using the fear of the spread of "communism" as an excuse to spread "democracy" throughout South America. That segued into the so-called "drug wars" of the 70s & 80s in which the United States manufactured/bought/sold cocaine and used it as a commodity to arm fascists around the world (think Iran/Contra and ollie north's shredding parties). So many were "disappeared" during that time that it's impossible to calculate. Those crossing the borders today are the children and grandchildren of those who were victimized by the people we installed into power and backed. They're our chickens and they've come home to roost.

    July 8, 2014 01:02 pm at 1:02 pm |
  12. Ted

    Obama is a liar, a deceiver and can't be trusted to lead on any issue.

    July 8, 2014 01:08 pm at 1:08 pm |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Harold Read

    Screw trading 5 terrorists for 1 deserter!!! We are trading the safety, security, well-being, and future for millions of US Citizens for Annesty of 20 million ILLEGAL immigrants.
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    We have apprehended tens of thousands of people at the border since November. Yet, the right wing still claims that the border is not secure. When you say "we", I assume that you mean "we, the right wing." The right claims to want piece meal legislation on immigration, instead of comprehensive reforms. Okay, your 30 years are up. Where is the first piece?

    July 8, 2014 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  14. just asking

    Rudy NYC
    smith
    @Rudy-So enlighten us to what you would do about chaos at the border? Do you have a solution?
    ------------–
    The chaos at our southern border is a symptom of the larger problem. Don't assume that this is a new problem, either. This refugee crisis has been going on for the past several years due to the escalating violence
    ---

    total lies rudy. we have never before experienced this type of tsunami of tens of thousands of unattended juveniles storming our borders. they are now coming because obama and the democrats have signalled their intentions of granting amnesty. obama has unilaterally stopped the deportation of many younger illegals and violated the laws he swore to uphold. this nightmare is the entire creation of obama and the democrats and their insane open borders, amnesty for all policies.

    July 8, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    "@Tom P-I just put out a solution to the border problem, one that would work. Im not in favor of passing feel good bills that don`t even deal with the problem(like the gun control bills that are being proposed)."

    Are you calling he Senate's bipartisan immigration reform bill a "feel good bill" that doesn't "even deal with the problem"? You know, despite it DOUBLING the troops on the border, providing for all sorts of funding for tech and equipment and $3B for a "danged fence"? No to mention all the other provisions that would increase border security and make it much much harder to get here illegally over the southern border?

    July 8, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  16. TM

    Texas wants it 's own regulations and independence except when it comes to securing it's own border, then they cry for the Federal government and Obama to fix it.

    July 8, 2014 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  17. John Illinois

    Hey Perry! Tell the lying in the White House to go to h e !! ! Send the national guard and militias to prootect the border since the useless government refuses to do anything!

    July 8, 2014 01:36 pm at 1:36 pm |
  18. bobo

    FYI...... Costco removing D'Souza's 'America' from shelves... Bestseller disappearing as companion movie hits theaters

    July 8, 2014 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  19. Arun

    Good job Barack. Lets see if the repubes have any recommendations to help out the immagration issue. All they do is talk and don't have a darn thing to bring to the table to fix the problem. Repubes, stop talking and actually do something!!

    July 8, 2014 01:43 pm at 1:43 pm |
  20. rs

    For me, it's simple. Allow all that are here to stay and make them register with the govt. Build a fence that will truly stop the flow of illegal immigrants here (because that is obviously a problem) and then go to the next step but we can't go any further until we take care of the status of people here and stop more from coming in.
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    Simple indeed. And what does that wall/fence look like? How does one put a wall/fence down the middle of the Rio Grand River? The border from Texas to California is more than 3,000 miles. Even the most secure border fence portions are not impermeable, and they cost more than a million dollars a mile. There are places where there are no roads to the border-which will vastly increase construction costs.There is nothing "simple" about this solution. There would have to be EIS studies, treaty negotiations, lots and lots and lots of money. With Congress stuck in neutral just how will that be accomplished?
    This then is the "straw man" argument- the simple solution that no administration to date has ever attempted- with good reason.

    July 8, 2014 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  21. John Illinois

    Arun, put the military/national guards along the borders and keep these illegal alien criminals from coming in here. The deport all of the illegal alien criminals in our country......In other words, enforce our laws!

    July 8, 2014 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Rudy NYC

    Chip wrote:

    You expect us to spend money on this?? You are out of your mind. That is for charity organizations that will at least do what it best for the children regardless of ideology. Reagan got duped on immigration. Bush started a fence that was never finished. Obama had the chance to two years to do something but was hacking at golf balls. Illegal immigration is generational. This has been going on forever and if you expect the federal government with all their warts to come to a sensible solution you are dreaming. NYC by the way – can you be any farther away. You probably have never ever seen the border much less met an illegal.
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    Yes, it's the law that Bush signed. The government has to pay for it, which means that it is ridiculous to suggest that charities should pay for it all. Should charities pay for more courts and judges to handle the cases? Should charities pay for the food, transportation, and shelter required by the law? Should charities pay for your fence? Should charities pay for your troops on the border? BTW, what exactly are the troops supposed to do, anyway?

    July 8, 2014 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  23. Rudy NYC

    just asking wrote:

    The chaos at our southern border is a symptom of the larger problem. Don't assume that this is a new problem, either. This refugee crisis has been going on for the past several years due to the escalating violence
    -

    total lies rudy. we have never before experienced this type of tsunami of tens of thousands of unattended juveniles storming our borders. they are now coming because obama and the democrats have signalled their intentions of granting amnesty. obama has unilaterally stopped the deportation of many younger illegals and violated the laws he swore to uphold. this nightmare is the entire creation of obama and the democrats and their insane open borders, amnesty for all policies.
    ============================================================
    Good grief. Show me where I said that this flood at the border has never happened before, or shut up. I said that the crisis isn't new. They have been going southward for a few years now. I even stated that America has become the new destination on the list. Next time, try posting/reading more of the post.

    "The chaos at our southern border is a symptom of the larger problem. Don't assume that this is a new problem, either. This refugee crisis has been going on for the past several years due to the escalating violence. The U.S. just happens to be the latest destination on the list. They have also been fleeing to the south, too, flooding neighboring countries with humanity. ... ... ..."

    You've made yourself look like a cherry picking fool again.

    July 8, 2014 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. sly

    John Illinois
    Hey Perry! Tell the lying in the White House to go to h e !! ! Send the national guard and militias to prootect the border since the useless government refuses to do anything!
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    John is a great example of how the 10 least educated states voted for the GOP, while 9 of the 10 highest educated states voted for President Obama.

    Um ... John ... have your mother read the article to you, and you would be surprised to learn that the article is about how President Obama wants another $2 billion to protect our border, and your TeaKKKlan's won't give it to him.

    So ... unfortunately, you have it backwards – the GOP wants the illegals to come into America – while the Democrats are trying to stop them. Oh ... on second thought, don't bother your mother, she's probably out working.

    July 8, 2014 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  25. smith

    @Rudy-You first have to plug the hole. If you don`t do that everything else is useless. Once we do that then we can deal with the illegals that are here. IMO, I would give a pathway to citizenship (except those with a criminal record).

    July 8, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
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